2008 GENOCIDE OP-ED WRITING
����������� In our country, people die every day. They die of
sickness, of accidents, of old age. We have come to know these
causes, and we don't think twice when we hear about them. In
areas outside the United States, people die every day as well,
particularly in Africa. But the causes of their deaths are what
nightmares are made of. They are murdered. Even more terrifying,
they have done nothing wrong to deserve their fate. They are
victims of genocide, the persecution of a people based on race,
religion, political stance and any other difference that may set
one apart from another.
����������� When we hear about a thing called, "the Holocaust",
we immediately think back to the Jews of Europe, the gas
chambers, the six million eradicated from existence. When the
Holocaust ended, the Jews had a saying. "Never again." But what
really is considered a holocaust? The word "holocaust" when
spelled with a lowercase "h" translates literally to "death by
fire." Of course, the Holocaust was an example of genocide, but
what sets it apart? Who decides when genocide becomes holocaust?
����������� The people of Sudan, of Rwanda, of Bosnia, they call
for recognition. They scream to be heard. But their voices are
drowned out by background noise. We hear about the celebrities of
yesterday more than we hear about the genocide in Africa today.
Hundreds of thousands have been murdered and more than a
million have been displaced. We knowmore about what star is in
rehab than the number of countless families that will be
����������� If I could advise the next U.S. President about how
to end and prevent genocide, I would tell he or she to educate
themselves, and to educate the people of the United States. The
reason why the death has not miraculously stopped is that no one
knows about it. The paparazzi does not cover the burning villages
of Bosnia or the refugee camps of Sudan. Our heads are filled
with nonsense when they could be filled with hope. Knowledge is
the greatest strength of all, and ignorance is never bliss.
����������� If the President chose to listen, we would hear more
about genocide and more would be done about it. The people would
feel the pain of those in need, and truly understand what it
means to be persecuted for your differences. Care packs would be
made. Children would be adopted. Genocide would be resolved.
History would be created.
����������� We, the American people, would distinguish
genocide from holocaust, would make the world listen to the
pleading voices, and would educate our planet on hate. Hate in
itself will be the only thing eradicated when "Holocaust" comes
to mind. And when we say "never again," this time, it will be the